Duke, Ohio State claim hold onto top spots in ITA Division I Team Rankings

Rankings Graphic - April 8
Duke, Ohio State claim hold onto top spots in ITA Division I Team Rankings

Loeb, Thompson remain No. 1 in singles

 

ITA Division I Men's Rankings ITA Division I Women's Rankings

 

SKILLMAN, NJ (April 8) - The Duke women held solid at No. 1 in the ITA Division I Women's National Team Rankings for a eighth time this season while Ohio State sits atop the ITA Division I Men's National Team Rankings for the sixth time this year.

 

The Blue Devil women's team is on a 12-match winning streak and boasts a 20-1 dual match record this spring. UCLA is back at No. 2 after handing No. 4 Stanford its first loss this season, 4-3 last weekend. The Cal women jumped up six spots to land at No. 6 after knocking off No. 3 UCLA 4-3. The match came down to the final singles match, where No. 43 ranked Lynn Chi of Cal edged No. 40 Kyle McPhillips 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) to seal the upset. The University of Tennessee women were the biggest mover of the week on the women's side, improving 14 spots to No. 31 after ranked wins against No. 47 Arkansas and No. 54 LSU.

 

On the men's side, the Buckeyes have recovered from back-to-back losses with a six-match winning streak which includes wins over five ranked opponents and No. 11 Illinois. Oklahoma edged Virginia for the No. 4 spot, with a big conference match with No. 6 Baylor upcoming. Penn State earned an eight-spot jump to No. 16. The Nittany Lions followed up quality Big Ten wins over Illinois and Northwestern with two more conference wins to move its win streak to eight.

 

In the ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings, Jamie Loeb of UNC continued her stellar freshman season and remains atop the rankings. Loeb is now 42-2 this season. Rounding out the Top 5 is Robin Anderson (UCLA), Julia Elbaba (Virginia), Kristie Ahn (Stanford) and Beatrice Capra (Duke). In doubles, Anderson and partner Jennifer Brady also kept their top spot in the rankings.

 

On the men's side, Clay Thompson picked up two more straight set wins, dropping only six games against a pair of conference opponents to maintain his No. 1 ITA Singles Rankings. He is followed by Julian Lenz (Baylor), Marcos Giron (UCLA), Mitchell Frank (Virginia) and Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma). Lenz matched his season-high ranking, which he attained on Jan. 2, having won 18 of his last 19 matches for the Bears. In doubles, Tennessee's Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese earned the No. 1 ranking for the fifth time this season.

 

Follow the Leader: For the men, Ohio State is followed by (in order): USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Virginia, Baylor, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Texas A&M. On the women's side, Duke is followed by UCLA, North Carolina, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Cal, Stanford, Georgia, Alabama and Texas A&M. 

 

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: ACC and SEC - 6; Big 12 - 4; Pac-12 and Big Ten - 3; MWC, AAC and Ivy League - 1. Four conferences have multiple representatives in the Top 10. Women's Top 25:  SEC and Pac-12 - 6; ACC - 5, Big 12 - 4; Big Ten and Conference USA - 2. Five SEC teams are in the Top 10, while ACC and Pac 12 each have three teams. 

 

Double-Dip: This week, 14 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25. 

 

School

Men

Women

Baylor University

6

17

California

19

6

Clemson

20

15

Duke University

13

1

Florida

15

11

Georgia

9

8

North Carolina

8

3

Oklahoma

4

18

Oklahoma State

24

23

Texas

7

22

Texas A&M

10

10

UCLA

3

2

University of Southern California

2

13

University of Virginia

5

4

                          

Top 25 Caliber: Two women's teams moved into the Top 25 this week. Rice re-entered at No. 21, up five spots following a win over No. 31 DePaul. Arizona also is back in the Top 25, moving up 10 places after its 7-0 win over No. 30 Utah. No new teams entered the men's Top 25 this week.  

 

Coming Up Next: The 2013-14 ITA Division I National Team, Singles and Doubles Rankings will now be published on a weekly basis until the end of the season. The next rankings date is Tuesday, April 15.

 

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Division I Men's Top 25

Division I Women's Top 25

1. Ohio State University

1

1. Duke University

1

2. University of Southern California

2

2. UCLA

3

3. UCLA

3

3. North Carolina

6

4. University of Oklahoma

5

4. University of Virginia

9

5. University of Virginia

4

5. Vanderbilt University

8

6. Baylor University

7

6. California

12

7. University of Texas

6

7. Stanford

4

8. North Carolina

9

8. University of Georgia

2

9. University of Georgia

8

9. University of Alabama

5

10. Texas A&M University

10

10. Texas A&M University

10

11. University of Illinois

11

11. University of Florida

7

12. University of Notre Dame

12

12. Northwestern University

11

13. Duke University

13

13. University of Southern California

13

14. University of Kentucky

14

14. University of Michigan

17

15. University of Florida

15

15. Clemson University

15

16. Penn State University

24

16. University of Miami (Florida)

14

17. Columbia University

19

17. Baylor University

16

18. Mississippi State University

16

18. University of Oklahoma

18

19. California

18

19. Arizona State University

23

20. Clemson University

17

20. University of Tulsa

19

21. University of Tennessee

20

21. Rice University

26

22. Boise State University

22

22. University of Texas at Austin

25

23. Wake Forest University

21

23. Oklahoma State University

22

24. Oklahoma State University

23

24. Auburn University

21

25. University of South Florida

25

25. University of Arizona

35

 

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